A human body's oral temperature ranges between 97 and 99 degrees. Anything over 100.4 is technically a fever. A body at a heightened temperature actually fights infection more efficiently than one at a normal temperature.
Many parents hit the panic button at 100 degrees. Fever is a friend. Always call your doctor if you are concerned about the cause of a fever but try to tame your anxiety about the fever itself and avoid using traditional analgesics to bring it down. Tylenol, Motrin, and aspirin all have side effects that can cause serious physical harm to small children. But more importantly, by artificially bringing fever down, these drugs get in the way of the body’s ability to defend itself (bacteria and viruses die at higher temperatures which is why the body makes the fever in the first place), thus prolonging illness.
So what is a parent to do?
The correct homeopathic remedy will allow you or your child's body to correct the problem, bringing the fever down in the process, as the body has less and less need for it. If you can find the correct remedy to give your child, homeopathy works without exception.
So when should a parent call the doctor? Here are a few tips:
Your child has a fever with no other symptoms that lasts for three days or more.
Your child develops a fever two to three days after surgery.
Your child has a fever with abdominal pain, vomiting, chest pains or rash.
Your child has a fever and is three months old or younger.
As always, the key to getting a great outcome with homeopathy comes from matching the characteristic symptoms of the patient to those of the remedy. Characteristic symptoms are often the ones that are particularly intense or peculiar. Be a good detective and you can often do much for your feverish little one and for yourself.
About Dr. Samet:
Dr. Lisa Samet N.D. provides Washington Homeopathic Products with a weekly column on using homeopathy for the family. She's a naturopathic physician who specializes in homeopathic medicine and she's a partner with Dr. Andre Saine N.D. She is perhaps best known as a guest expert on homeopathy used by Dr. Mehmet Oz M.D. on the popular TV program the Dr. Oz Show. Dr. Samet graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1998 and has been practicing in Montreal since then. She was born and raised in New York.
Dr. Samet has chosen to focus on homeopathy because in her experience it is the deepest healing modality available in that it does not just soothe or palliate symptoms but can actually stimulate the body to start to heal itself. Dr. Samet sees patients in her Montreal office as well as remotely using Skype. Learn more about Dr. Samet here.